Former HBO chief Robert Benitoff says in a new interview that he is retiring from his medical practice.
In an interview with the New York Times published Thursday, the 76-year-old Benitofff, who has been the CEO of the network since 1996, said he decided to retire at the end of the year.
He also said he is no longer taking antidepressants, saying he is still trying to find a balance between his health and his work.
In his new book, “The End Is Nigh: My Heart is Full of the Truth,” Benitoffer says that while his heart is “full of the truth” he also “hasn’t gotten over” the shock of the news that he was diagnosed with a rare type of heart disease.
In the book, Benitoffe said his decision was “one of the most difficult and stressful decisions I’ve ever made” because “I don’t think I can live with myself if I’m not a part of the team.”
In the interview, he also said that he plans to give up his practice and his retirement plans, as well as a “large portion of my assets.”
Benitoeff has been CEO of HBO since 1996.
His decision to retire comes a day after a news report said he had undergone surgery for a heart condition.
The medical news website MedPage Today reported Wednesday that Benitofeff had undergone two heart surgeries, one to repair a defect in his heart and one to remove a plaque.
The site also reported that the surgery was in New York, but the surgery in New Jersey was in Florida.
He had a heart procedure in June and was scheduled to be out of the hospital until Aug. 7.
His doctors told the site that Beniofff has had three surgeries on his heart.
The surgery to remove the plaque, according to MedPage, was performed on June 15, 2018.
On Wednesday, the news website also reported Benito ffed a heart transplant from a donor who has not yet been identified.
Benitofffff has served as CEO of several companies in the past, including AOL, AOL.com, Time Warner, Yahoo, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable.
He was previously a co-chairman of the board of directors for The Huffington Post.